MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. Syrian Kurds, whose formations are currently located in the border zone with Turkey, have called on Russia to act as guarantor of the potential talks between the Kurds and the Syrian government, the Al-Hadath TV channel informed on Wednesday.
According to the existing information, "Syrian Kurds have called on Russia to act as guarantor of their talks with Damascus."
"The Kurdish administration in Syria welcomes the statement made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who spoke in favor of dialogue between the Kurds and Damascus," the statement quoted by the TV channel informed. The statement contained hope that Russia would be successful in its efforts to establish dialogue between the Kurds and Damascus.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the situation in northeast Syria should be resolved exclusively through dialogue between the government in Damascus and the Kurdish communities in the region. "We continue to believe that this is the only way to achieve the sustainable stabilization of the situation. Yesterday we heard statements made by both officials in Damascus and representatives of the Kurds that they are ready for such a dialogue. We will try to do our utmost to facilitate the beginning of such meaningful talks. We hope it will be backed by all major external players," Russia’s top diplomat stressed.
The day before, Syrian Kurdish official Badran Jia Kurd informed that Syrian Kurds plan to begin dialogue with Damascus and representatives of Russia if the US withdraw all troops out of the zone bordering Turkey.
On October 1, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara planned to create a safety zone east of the Euphrates River in Syria on its own as it had failed to achieve the desired result in talks with the US. The White House commented following an October 6 telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Erdogan that "the United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area." On October 7, Erdogan said that Washington had begun the withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria, where Turkey planned to carry out an operation to establish a safety zone.
On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that "it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home." The White House first announced the decision to pull troops out of Syria on December 19, 2018.
....almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019